contraception and abortion from antiquity to Byzantium

<ANT. STAMOULIS Publications, Thessaloniki  2003>

ISBN 960-8353-04-1 


 A woman's life in Byzantium didn't differ too much from that of a woman in ancient Athens. In both cases the social restrictions, the deprivation of civil rights, the judicious limitations were compulsory. Marriage, chil­dren and household were the mere proper destination for a woman, her firm duties and interests as well. How­ever, both in ancient Greece and Byzantium contraception and abortion were also ordinary phenomena. Yet, unlike the most loose beliefs of the antiquity, contraception and abortion in Byzantium were considered as a crime against life.